Brant: Pallas, Evander, and Aeneas before Pallanteum

Evander, Aeneas and Pallas walk from the grove to the city of Pallanteum (306-9). As they walk, Evander recounts the lore and history of the land on which he built his city (310-3). In the lower left, two Fauns represent the first inhabitants of the land, which also included Nymphs and a race of men born of the trees (314-8). Near the Fauns and also behind the three men herds of cattle and goats graze in the fields very near the city.  (Katy Purington)

Woodcut illustration from the “Strasbourg Vergil,” edited by Sebastian Brant: Publii Virgilii Maronis Opera cum quinque vulgatis commentariis expolitissimisque figuris atque imaginibus nuper per Sebastianum Brant superadditis (Strasbourg: Johannis Grieninger, 1502), fol. 317v, executed by an anonymous engraver under the direction of Brant.


Sebastian Brant (1458-1521) was a humanist scholar of many competencies. Trained in classics and law at the University of Basel, Brant later lectured in jurisprudence there and practiced law in his native city of Strasbourg. While his satirical poem Das Narrenschiff won him considerable standing as a writer, his role in the transmission of Virgil to the Renaissance was at least as important. In 1502 he and Strasbourg printer Johannes Grüninger produced a major edition of Virgil’s works, along with Donatus’ Life and the commentaries of Servius, Landino, and Calderini, with more than two hundred woodcut illustrations. (Annabel Patterson)

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